Art Elements Theme Challenge Reveal – Gnomes

So here we are ready for another theme challenge reveal and what a month it’s been since Jenny launched her Gnome theme. We none of knew that so many of us would be in virtual lock down and living our lives in ways we never dreamt of. Strangely, despite having a surfeit of time I have found it quite difficult to settle to creative work with my mind being more preoccupied with organising and cleaning – I guess when you lose control of large parts of your life your brain looks for things it can control and that’s what triggers this type of activity. Eventually though I did manage to get in the studio and do more than clean it and it was nice to have a theme that I could have a bit of fun with.

Just before all this turmoil started I went to see an Exhibition called ‘Beyond the Brotherhood, The Pre-Raphaelite Legacy at the Russell Cotes Museum. Amongst the exhibits was the painting in my header image: Gnomes, (watercolour and bodycolour 1976) by Brian Froud. I love this illustration! There is just so much detail and depth and texture and character…If I just sit and look at it I keep finding new things and you just know from looking at it what that skin feels like.

But I sadly have not a gram of the talent of Brian Froud so my offerings are way more modest. Jenny’s original post also included illustration of gnomes by Rien Poortvliet so I thought I’d try and do some watercolour gnomes based loosely on these. However they turned out looking like a gnomish tribute to ZZ Top so I’ve name them Zebedee, Zachary and Zeke. You’ll notice they are keeping their hands to themselves and practicing social distancing!

This little fella is Hamish the Highland Gnome…distant Scottish cousin of the Z Gnomes. He wears a lovely tartan outfit and because he likes to spend a lot of time outdoors things have taken root in his hat.

He has a lovely lush beard that’s very reminiscent of curly wool tops and a beady nose that’s a little on the ‘rosey’ side, possibly due to his fondness for a ‘wee dram’.

Many thanks to Jenny for giving us a theme to to lighten he mood this month. If you’d like join Hamish and his cousins in a blog hop to meet some more of their relatives please use the links below.

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